Experience the love…
To gaze at the white dome surrounded by minarets, esplanades and garden walks. To wait for the moonrise to cast its silver glow, a site said to be one of the world’s most sublime travel experiences. To meditate on the great love story of Shah Jahan, who was so grief-stricken by the death of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, that he spent the next 17 years building her mausoleum and monument.
All this is possible from the lush terraces and incredible vistas from The Oberoi Amarvilas, situated just 600 meters from one of the world’s most thrilling destinations and architectural masterpieces, the Taj Mahal.
Everything at the Oberoi Amarvilas is designed to show off the magnificent views, whether from a terrace, a bedroom picture window or even from one of the luxe soaking tubs. The Mughal architectural theme is explored intelligently, with all surfaces reflecting the rich color and patterning of this 15th-century flowering of Muslim culture.
Esphahan, a regal restaurant in contrasting patterns of sandstone and marble, features authentic Indian cuisine accompanied by live musicians playing the classics of Indian music. The resort’s Bellevue specializes in Asian and Mediterranean cuisines. The magnificent views are also available at the lobby bar and tea room.
The 105 guest rooms at Amarvilas are a study in serenity. The Moorish theme is continued here in a more muted manner and every luxe amenity is available from Internet access to deliciously decadent marble baths with a separate shower enclosure.
About half the rooms in the “Premier” class have private open-air terraces. Deluxe suites have living rooms with butler’s pantry and bathrooms overlooking the Taj Mahal.
All guests receive complimentary two-way transfers from the airport or railway station. All rooms have a 24-hour Butler Service. The Spa at the Oberoi Amarvilas is fit for a king with treatment taking place with a view to the Taj Mahal. The personalized treatments might include holistic Ayurveda treatments, ancient Thai techniques and western methods as well. There is also a steam room and sauna, state-of-the-art gym and a “Yoga menu” designed by the resident Yoga specialist.
Rounding out the extensive facilities is a colonnaded swimming pool set in an Arabian Nights terraced garden.
The Oberoi Amarvilas
Location: Taj East Gate Road – Agra, India 28 200; a complimentary transfer to and from the airport is included for all guests.
Luxury style: Although not a ‘couples’ resort at all, there is no finer spot for a romantic exotic honeymoon than the Oberoi Amarvilas. The resort is also perfect for those seeking a contemplative, rather than activity-laden, respite from modern life. The main activity is the exploration of the Taj Mahal. But since the Taj Mahal has recently been voted one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”, anyone wanting to experience this world treasure could do no better than the Oberoi Amarvilas.
What we’ve heard: Service is astonishing and management goes to great length to ensure guest satisfaction. Also, kudos are often spoken for the Indian cuisine at the